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SailClear at Boot Düsseldorf 2016
Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:05

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From January 22nd to 31st 2016 a number of stakeholders from the OECS yachting community will be showcasing their products at Boot Düsseldorf, an international water sports trade fair. An expected 250,000 participants will be in attendance at this prestigious annual trade fair with more than 1,700 exhibitors from 60 different countries.

CCLEC in collaboration with the OECS Commission will be presenting the SailClear, a pre arrival notification which facilitates the clearance of yachts.  SailClear enables registered users to submit their clearance information to participating countries beforehand thus eliminating the completion of paper forms.  The information on the system also enables the user to enter and update notifications about their vessel or vessels, crew and passengers for future voyages to the Caribbean region.

SailClear is currently being upgraded and will offer frequent visitors the opportunity to obtain ‘trusted traveler’ status for preclearance privileges where available.

 
Call to Tender (Procurement of Computer Systems) + Explanatory Note
Monday, 18 January 2016 09:41
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The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) in the framework of the project SEACOP III (Seaport Cooperation Project), funded by the European Commission, intends to award a contract for the supply of IT equipment with the aim of supporting CCLEC enhancing the existing RCS2013 regional maritime information system.  More information in: http://fiiapp.org/en/servicios/
(Reference number: SYS/0010/16).
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U.S., Cuba Near Deal on Restoring Commercial Flights: AP Sources
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:53
HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and U.S. officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.
The diplomatic advance helps open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would be the biggest business deal struck as the two countries try to normalize relations. Officials on both sides described it as an understanding on aviation but not yet a formal agreement and they hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.
The three officials spoken to weren't authorized to talk publicly and demanded anonymity.
Right now, American and Cuban travelers must fly on charter flights that are complicated to book, rarely involve an online portal and often force prospective travelers to email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent. Those flying sometimes must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and strict baggage limits apply.
U.S. officials and aviation executives have speculated that Cuba could allow more than a dozen flights from the U.S. a day. It's unclear if those flights would completely replace charters, but they appear certain to create a surge in travel that would place heavy strain on Cuba's already overstrained tourist infrastructure. Hotels and private hostels are booked for months.
President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17, 2014, the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending five decades of a policy of isolation.
Since the announcement, authorized American travel to the island is up 50 percent this year, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Havana, said Tuesday. While the majority of U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans, there has been a sharp rise in Americans traveling for specially authorized purposes, particularly on educational tours known as people-to-people travel. Among Obama's regulatory changes this year was one permitting such travel to Cuba without specific Treasury Department permission.

US_cuba_relations_22jan2015HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and U.S. officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.
The diplomatic advance helps open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would be the biggest business deal struck as the two countries try to normalize relations. Officials on both sides described it as an understanding on aviation but not yet a formal agreement and they hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.
The three officials spoken to weren't authorized to talk publicly and demanded anonymity.
Right now, American and Cuban travelers must fly on charter flights that are complicated to book, rarely involve an online portal and often force prospective travelers to email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent. Those flying sometimes must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and strict baggage limits apply.

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Over two tonnes of cocaine seized on ship off French coast
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:41

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The drugs were found aboard a cargo baffled by the coastguard patrol Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Services coastguard French customs come to realize the largest cocaine seizure ever made in France to date.

The drug, discovered aboard a cargo ship last night baffled by the coastguard patrol Boulogne-sur-Mer, is being weighed, but according to initial estimates, the amounts expected to exceed two tons.

The ship was intercepted yesterday to 18.30 high seas and was reduced to 20 hours to dock in Boulogne-sur-Mer where the search operations have started.

The drugs were concealed behind a metal partition. Many people are currently in customs restraint.

Prosecutors in Boulogne-sur-Mer is hearing the case.

Taking into account the amounts already already found on board, the socket is the largest to date in France.

 

 
Passing of LENARD RIVIERE – 09/07/67- 02/12/15
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 14:01

RiviereIt is with deep regret we announce the death of Mr Lenard Riviere, a Customs officer from Dominica.

Lenard joined the Customs and Excise Division on January 12, 1987 and immediately distinguished himself as a serious and dedicated worker. He was an excellent motivator who always encouraged others. He moved up the ranks within the Division being appointed Customs Officer Grade III on May 1, 1988, Customs Officer Grade II on August 1, 1995 and at the time of his passing held the position of Customs Officer Grade I having been appointed to that post on December 1, 2006 and  was stationed at the Post Audit Unit.

Lenard was one of the Officers who pursued the Executive Diploma in Customs Management at the University of Canberra with the assistance of CCLEC and he successfully completed the programme in 2013. He topped the Caribbean Region with a Distinction.

In 2014, Lenard was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and on 2 December, 2015 he succumbed to the disease.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family and Customs colleagues in Dominica.

 
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